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Eric Sogard is a hitter out of a different era

TORONTO — We are in a moment where Major League Baseball is awash in trends reshaping the fabric of the game.

Strikeouts, home runs, and shifting are up. Stolen bases, bunts, and starter workloads are down. The game doesn’t look like it used to even 10 years ago.

That doesn’t mean that aren’t those that resist the prevailing winds of the game. Even in a league of swing-from-the-heels wall clearers, there’s still room for guys who make their living putting the bat on the ball with only occasional extra-base ambitions.

He also believes he still has the right to call for a high or low pitch….

 

QLE Posted: April 28, 2019 at 04:44 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: blue jays, eric sogard

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   1. Walt Davis Posted: April 28, 2019 at 11:51 PM (#5836220)
That's Eric Sogard of the career 76 OPS+. Circa 1986, before men were oafs, his career numbers would have been a 79 OPS+ (Oakland A's).
   2. PreservedFish Posted: April 29, 2019 at 09:29 AM (#5836263)
He's slugging .730 ... was fairly sure that this article would tell us that he's the latest #launchangle convert.
   3. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: April 29, 2019 at 09:45 AM (#5836268)
Eric Sogard! Looks like he just had the best 50 pa's of his life. Good for him.
   4. Misirlou gave her his Vincent to ride Posted: April 29, 2019 at 10:00 AM (#5836272)
Sogard may be a high contact hitter for this era, but not in previous ones. Per 600 PA he's got 52 BB and 79 strikeouts. Compare to Ryne Sandberg who had 49 and 81. I don't think 79 strikeouts per 600 would be considered high contact in Sandberg's era. Ozzie Smith (33/600), Steve Sax (45), Johnny Ray (35) would be.
   5. Itchy Row Posted: April 29, 2019 at 10:12 AM (#5836277)
Thought this meant he was openly taking steroids.
   6. bobm Posted: April 29, 2019 at 11:39 AM (#5836331)
[4] Sogard may be a high contact hitter for this era, but not in previous ones. Per 600 PA he's got 52 BB and 79 strikeouts. Compare to Ryne Sandberg who had 49 and 81. I don't think 79 strikeouts per 600 would be considered high contact in Sandberg's era.

Sandberg played from 1981 to 1997.

Year PA-Qualified SO<=0.14*PA Pct
1975          127          93 73%
1976          118          84 71%
1977          146          94 64%
1978          140         102 73%
1979          139         108 78%
1980          124         101 81%
1981          144         107 74%
1982          141         101 72%
1983          133          89 67%
1984          120          77 64%
1985          137          83 61%
1986          127          70 55%
1987          134          71 53%
1988          130          80 62%
1989          126          74 59%
1990          128          80 63%
1991          123          67 54%
1992          122          65 53%
1993          152          88 58%
1994          165          80 48%
1995          139          65 47%
1996          147          64 44%
1997          144          56 39%
1998          159          76 48%
1999          157          71 45%
2000          165          74 45%
[...]
2018          141          23 16%

   7. formerly dp Posted: April 29, 2019 at 11:59 AM (#5836340)
Blue Jay threads are dominating BTF right now...don't know if that's ever happened before...
   8. JJ1986 Posted: April 29, 2019 at 12:08 PM (#5836345)
Some K numbers I noticed yesterday:

Nolan Arenado has only 10 strikeouts through over 1/6th of the season. He usually strikes out over 100 times a year. Maikel Franco is not a crazy-high strikeout guy, but he has 9 right now (to go along with 14 walks). Yadier Molina has only 8 strikeouts and only 3 BBs in over 100 PAs.
   9. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: April 29, 2019 at 12:24 PM (#5836354)
Sogard had a hot streak when he first joined the Crew then completely tanked. Maybe this is just how he rolls.

Update with example: 2017 first two months dude hit .338 with 3 homers and scored 24 runs in 41 games played. After that he hit .202 with no homers and 13 runs scored in 53 games. Guy was a disaster in his limited time in 2018. Could not hit for ####.
   10. Cris E Posted: April 29, 2019 at 02:14 PM (#5836412)
How is this news just a week after everyone was giggling at the Twins' Willians Astudillo? In his short but fun MLB career he's put up a total of 3k and 4bb in 150 pa. And over eight years in the minors he's gone 81/85 in 2461 PAs, so the approach isn't SSS even if the batting average clearly is.
   11. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: April 29, 2019 at 02:58 PM (#5836435)
jays - it has
sogard - i thought it might have been about his wearing glasses. second thought was about his brewers hot streak
i have a nagging feeling that we might see a cluster of high contact guys coming out of venezuela in the coming years. this isn't based on any study or reading that that approach is being encouraged, i've just noticed dudes from there in the low minors with strong skills in those areas.
   12. Itchy Row Posted: April 29, 2019 at 03:03 PM (#5836437)
The Angels have the AL's top four top AB/SO rates so far- David Fletcher, Tommy La Stella, Andrelton Simmons, and Jonathan Lucroy.
   13. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: April 29, 2019 at 03:16 PM (#5836440)
Sogard may be a high contact hitter for this era, but not in previous ones. Per 600 PA he's got 52 BB and 79 strikeouts.


Just for fun:

Brian Giles, per 600 PA: 91 BB, 64 K.
   14. Khrushin it bro Posted: April 29, 2019 at 07:07 PM (#5836509)
Matt Chapman has pulled a Kris Bryant so far in his career with unexpected drop in K%, only 14 K and 15 BB.

His K%
2017 28.2%
2018 23.7%
2019 11.5%

He also has the highest HR% and ISO of his career this year.

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